SAMR model unleashed on Shakespeare text

Guest post by Clint Bullock. Clint is an English teacher at Gilroy Santa Maria College in Townsville, Queensland. We hear a lot about the SAMR model, which analyses how you actually use technology. At Gilroy Santa Maria College near Townsville, we’ve started using Office Mix, to turn PowerPoint presentations into highly interactive learning tools. Without…


Feedback strategy guides STEM uptake of wireless; video tools

Guest post by Steve Crapnell, MIE Expert and head of eLearning co-ordination at All Hallows’ School, Queensland. Like many schools, All Hallows’ School in Brisbane is experimenting with stylus-enabled devices for STEM topics. What makes us different is our strategy. For the past 18 months, our technology adoption has been guided by a single, clear…


Ormiston College STEM Day

robotics, STEM
robotics, STEM

“Amazing student led STEM presentations, amazing resources and friendly presenters. What a great day!” (Anonymous Attendee) There is no doubt that PBL (problem or project based learning) and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) has captured the current zeitgeist of contemporary learning around the globe.  There are many schools in Australia that have realised that…


Microsoft Surface Vs Apple iPad in high school classrooms

In my role as a high school teacher, I have three devices from which to work: a laptop, an Apple iPad Air 2 and a Microsoft Surface Pro. Whilst the first two are supplied by my school, the Surface is something I have personally purchased. Yet people wonder why I only ever use the Surface…


“Inking the thinking” collaboratively

In December, 2015, year 8 students from Hawkesdale P12 College, Victoria Australia connected with a rural school in Japan using Skype. Students at Hawkesdale are isolated geographically and culturally but were fortunate to be part of a research project on “Inking the Thinking” with the Victorian Department of Education  and Microsoft. This meant that each…


Taking Tournament of the Minds to a new level of connection

– By Aaron Partridge, ACT Director at Tournament of Minds The Tournament of the Minds is an Australian educational institution that has been promoting the innovative and creative engagement of young Australians for over 25 years.  Students work in teams to solve problems in one of four essential academic disciplines; Social Sciences, Science Technology, Language…


Student discussion, collaboration and presentation supported by effective integration of O365

The State Member for Springwood and Queensland’s Housing Minister, Mr Mick de Brenni, hosted a Student Housing Forum at the John Paul College, Daisy Hill campus on the 16 June.  50 Students were asked to provide feedback to be shared as part the Future of Housing Summit. The Wesley space was the perfect forum for…


Introducing Surface Pro 4 and what is means for Education!

Guest Post by Jason Trump, Microsoft Education Devices Specialist Australia and NZ Device does matter! That’s what the research tells us, and it’s what drives us to continue to innovate in the design and use of technology across education. And it’s also why Microsoft continues to drive innovation in Windows hardware with the Surface family…

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The Power of Digital Pen & Surface in Schools – Inking Your Thinking Case Study

Tablet PCs and the use of digital pen enabled devices in schools is nothing new however, with more and more research about the impact of the “power of the pen” on learning, teachers, student and school leaders are increasingly looking to how student devices can improve learning outcomes. In 2014 Microsoft Australia in partnership with…

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